|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||2%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 1g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 1g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||6%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Want to make your own barbecue sauce? Then this is the base you need to get started. This recipe will give you a good, thick tomato sauce that you can then add to. Using a few ingredients including, tomato sauce, onion, garlic, vinegar, Tabasco sauce, and other spices and seasonings, this sauce is simmered on the stove and ready for you to taste and add your special touches to make it your own special bbq sauce or leave as is, whatever you desire.
This homemade bbq sauce base comes together quickly, and there are make so many different variations that can be done from this recipe. You probably have most, if not all, of these ingredients available in your pantry. The advantage of making your own sauce is that you know exactly what is in it, and there are no preservatives or additives.
Make it up the day you want to use it or prepare it ahead of time. This bbq base will last up to one week in the fridge, simply put it in a glass mason jar with a tight lid. Note that this base does make approximately 2 1/2 cups, so if you need more or less just scale the recipe as desired.
Slather this sauce on barbecue chicken, ribs, brisket, even steak or burgers. You can also use it on shredded chicken or pulled pork for sandwiches. It's good for dipping fries in, too!
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Sauté chopped onion and minced garlic in olive oil in a saucepan. Cook until transparent.
Add lemon juice, salt and pepper, paprika, mustard, and Tabasco. Mix well. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Reduce heat to low and add tomato sauce and vinegar. Let simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
From here you can add whatever flavor you want: brown sugar, honey, or molasses for a sweet sauce; chiles and cayenne for a hot sauce; or liquid smoke for a hint of smokiness. Be creative with it.
If the sauce is too thick, thin it out with a little water. Just be careful, and add the water in small increments, so you don't thin it out too much.
Sweet sauce: Add 1/4 cup brown sugar, or 2 to 3 tablespoons of honey or molasses
Hot sauce: Add chiles and cayenne pepper, to taste
Smoky sauce: Add 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, or to taste
Liquor addition: 1/4 cup bourbon, or to taste
How to Store
Store this barbecue sauce base in a jar with a tightly closed lid in the refrigerator, where it will keep for one week.